Windward Community


55 Windward lane

Important Venue Notes

Rural site with unpaved (but rocked) roads, so drive slow! Directions:



Windward is an intentional community and sustainability research center located on the eastern edge of the Cascadian Wilderness in southern Washington State, about 80 miles east of Portland, Oregon. As a community of people and a research cooperative of farmers, scientists, historians, healers, engineers and artists, Windward is guided by the understanding that it is time for radical change and that there is nothing more radical than a working model of a better way. We provide opportunities for deep learning through hands on, practical experience with the tools needed to build a life in balance with the natural world. ( We come together with the belief that now is the time for radical change, and that nothing is more convincing than a working model of a better way. With nature as our guide, we use our love, sweat and blood to build a life worth inheriting. Read more about Windward here:

Future Events

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Past Events

Monday, March 21, 2016 at noon through Thursday, March 24, 2016 at noon
noon through Thursday, March 24 at noon
Permaculture Spring Break March 21-24, 2016 4 day immersion experience putting permaculture theory into practice. We will be touring and discussion Windward's village-scale permaculture design, and getting our hands dirty working with some broad-acre agroforestry systems. Together we will ... - Examine food forests, forest gardens, and silvopastures - Plant mast producing trees for animal forage - Build a water-harvesting hugelkultur garden bed - Tour windward's 120 acre permaculture community While weaving together... - Practical and resilient techniques for healing the land - Traditional ecological knowledge and systems Thinking - Building a culture in balance with the natural world More Details at: www.windward.or/springbreak
Friday, September 6, 2013 at midnight through Saturday, September 7, 2013 at midnight
midnight through Saturday, September 7 at midnight
A weekend of permaculture theory and design, forest ecology, forest gardening, and practical skills including surveying with water levels, and making seedballs for no-till farming, This course is relevant to people living in a variety of bioregions, as we are going to be detailing strategies for mitigating or work commonly associated with agriculture in dry and degraded sites - using the wisdom of the forest as our guide. "Permaculture on the Edge" is a crash course in how we at Windward are bringing together sustainable, self-regulating, agricultural systems on our marginal land to produce food, forage, fuel and fiber with minimal energy, time and hassle. P.O.T.E. will demonstrate an approach to permaculture design and implementation that stresses 1) observation as a method to learn from nature, 2) ecological transformation through harnessing the processes of natural succession and 3) passive and dynamic methods to increase soil biomass, fertility and water retention. Friday we will focus on the theoretical principles of ecology and permaculture, and get a tour of how Windward is implement permaculture systems that are in harmony with the existing ecology. You will get a chance to see how we are integrating plants and animals in our efforts to transform a 131 acre forest hillside into a flourishing food forest that will provide food, fuel, and raw materials for our growing community. On day two, we will be getting our hands dirty, making seedballs to help regenerate several different polycultural landscapes. Ranging from perennial pasture, productive under story of a young food forest, and regenerating compacted and disturbed areas. We will also be using a simple, and effective water levels to map the contours of to extend existing terraces on a 5 acre site windward is currently developing into a perennial food forest. More information is available at: **Cost** $50-100 sliding scale for tickets purchased in advanced. $75 at the door **Camping** Participants will be camping in Windward's 40 acre campground. Tent, RV and car camping are all welcome. Mid-September weather on the dry-side of the cascades is likely to be fair and sunny, but it never hurts to be prepared. Here is a list of things to consider packing: Warm sleeping bag and sleeping pad Tent Clothing layers for a range of temperatures Sturdy Boots Work Gloves and clothes you don't mind getting dirt. **Meals and Food** We will be offering a hardy selection of vegetarian food on Friday and Saturday evening. You are welcome to bring food to contribute to these meals Plan to Bring your own meals (breakfast and lunch) and snacks to energize you through the day on Saturday and Sunday. Remember we will be outside most of the time, and on Sunday we will be very active during the workshop. So please plan your food accordingly. We will have limited space for refrigerating perishables food items. So please bring coolers to meet your refrigeration needs.